The Money Tree

It’s not the first time a tree offers a win­dow into human­i­ty. Any­one who has read Shel Sil­ver­stein’s clas­sic knows that. But, even so, this lit­tle video by Amy Krouse Rosen­thal says a lit­tle some­thing about what we see and what we actu­al­ly notice. It was filmed this past sum­mer in Chica­go…

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  • karen says:

    Pret­ty cool social exper­i­ment. I won­der, did you think peo­ple might look at the tree and think that maybe there was a catch or that maybe a cop was hid­ing some­where near­by? A lit­tle para­noid, I know, but some peo­ple think like that, I imag­ine… Will you do the exper­i­ment again?

  • hoagy kartoffel says:

    They were only one dol­lar bills. Would you stoop to pick up a pen­ny?

  • Archibald says:

    The third reac­tion I noticed: peo­ple telling oth­er peo­ple (point­ing, by cell phone). Not exact­ly altru­ism or shar­ing (could be described as gawk­ing or expect­ing a trick). But there was no swarm­ing of the mon­ey tree.

    The music sound­track made me expect that some­thing won­drous or sweet would hap­pen, rather than a war of all against all. I was pre­pared to see a val­i­da­tion of the good­ness of human nature.

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